In this article we will talk about free and low-cost activities in Costa Rica.
A plethora of free and low-cost activities are out there to be had, many of them no more than 1.000 colones or $US2.00. Also, the Viva section in La Nacion (a national newspaper), and the Calendar Page section of the Tico Times are also invaluable in terms of offering up to date, detailed information on current wallet friendly happenings.
The Peace Museum
The Museum of Costa Rican Art
2223-7155. Situated in La Sabana Park, which is just West of downtown San Jose features artists from Costa Rica as well as other parts of the world, and it is ideal for all ages and wallets as it is free on Sundays.
The Stamp Museum
2223-6918. Situated on Av. 1/3, Ca. 2 the museum runs around 150 colones or 30 cents US for adults and 100 colones or 20 cents US for children and features some very interesting stamp collections.
The Costa Rican Jewish Community Museum
La Sabana Park
La Sabana Park features light displays and live performances during March for at least 2 weeks and is entirely free, except for if you decide to purchase arts and crafts items which are often available at very competitive prices.
San Pedro Art Fair
The San Pedro Art Fair takes place in December and is hosts to Artists from all over the world, including sculptors, painters, world-renowned jewelry makers and much more. Lively performances and scrumptious foods are also a major part of the fair, and a major reason for taking a gander at the event.
Expoarte in Escazu is held in March and is sponsored by the same organization that holds the San Pedro Art Fair. Likewise, the Expoarte Escazu event is host to Artists from all around the world, and a must do.
Plaza de la Cultura (Cultural Plaza)
Situated on Av. Ctrl./2., Ca. 5 and extending out beyond the National Theater, has many shops and restaurants that surround, allowing one to take a quick coffee break or enjoy some tasty ice cream.
Parque Morazan (Morazan Park)
Situated on Av. 3/5, Ca, 5/9 is host to many concerts at night and other special events and much more.
Parque de Espana (Spain Park)
Situated on Av. 3/7, Ca. 9/11, and like the Parque Morazan often hosts cultural events and festivities.
San Jose Urban Train
2221-0777. Provides a great escape from downtown San Jose with service to the west side, La Sabana Park and Pavas 200 colones or 40 cents US, and to the east side, in San Pedro, 300 colones or 60 cents US.
Parque de La Sabana (La Sabana Park)
Situated on on the west side of the city of San Jose is ideal for families to enjoy picnics, kite flying or walks along the greenery. Aerobic classes are often offered on weekends and are free to all, including the kids.
Parque de la Paz (Peace Park)
Situated on the east side of town, like La Sabana Park, offers many recreational activities for all. Also many nearby sodas (or places to get a snack and enjoy typical food such as rice, plantains and beans) abound.
The University of Costa Rica (UCR)
2511-4000. Situated in San Pedro, just a few minutes east of downtown San Jose, is one of the most respected educational institutions in all of Costa Rica, and is surrounded by much greenery. UCR host cultural events year round open to all, including arts and crafts festivals and much more.
The Universidad Nacional (UNA) (National University)
2277-3000. Situated a few miles North of San Jose and at a higher elevation in the city of Heredia, also offers a great chance to take part in cultural events, and enjoy the engaging campus environment.
Mark Twain Library
2207-7575. Situated on Ca. 37 in Barrio Dent. on the lower level of the Costa Rica/North American Cultural Center. A great place to check out books, and maybe enjoy a nearby café.
Let us not forgot many of the town fairs which will be listed in the 02 Feb. article, so please come back.
And while you are in La Fortuna, you might check out a charming hotel called the Arenal Volcano Inn, 2479-1122, that has one of the best pizzerias in the area, great vistas of Arenal volcano and a very friendly staff.